Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Congrats to all those with offers and good luck to those still waiting! Thoughts on the following firms please: Thompson Knight, Bracewell, Akin Gump, Porter Hedges, Locke Lord (all in Houston)? Interested in transactional work, not at all interested in litigation.
I'd think Akin or T&K. Bracewell and LL would be better choices to me if you wanted to litigate, though they both have solid (if not outstanding) transactional departments as well. Porter Hedges is a good firm and is well known in Houston, but they are ONLY in Houston, so its not where I would go if you want to lateral within the foreseeable future. Also, PH pays slightly below the NY scale according to NALP, if that matters in your decision.
For corporate work in Houston, I would put Bracewell first, hands down, among that group of firms. It is a huge player in the market and has by far the largest corporate group of the ones you listed. The rest are all great firms, and I would probably rank them as follows: Akin, LL, Porter Hedges, TK.
Akin is obviously a great national firm but still has a strong energy practice in Houston. LL is also a great firm, but less known for their transactional work. PH is strong but very regional. TK is a great place but Dallas-centric and doesn't have a big transactional presence in Houston.